Kangxi Emperor (May 4, 1654 – December 20, 1722) is the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty and is the one who started the last flourishing age of feudal China. Ascending the throne at a young age of 8, he didn’t actually hold power until 14 and he had been on the throne for 61 years, the longest in Chinese history.
Though a great emperor in Chinese history Kangxi Emperor is, his childhood can only be described as ‘miserable’: losing parents at a young age, acting as a puppet emperor without actual power for years and being bullied … All these didn’t make him simply feel sorry for himself, instead he worked and studied hard to become a good emperor. Legend has it that there were days when he studied so hard that he vomited blood. Under his unremitting efforts, he finally seized power and led China onto the road of prosperity.
During his lifetime, Kangxi Emperor made six inspection tours to Jiangnan Region (normally referring to the geographic area south of the Yangtze River) and Hangzhou had been one of his destinations. As is known to all, the heavenly Hangzhou prides itself on the West Lake - a nature’s wonder and a masterpiece of many generations. It’s this lake that has attracted Kangxi Emperor to Hangzhou and made him unable to leave. His love for the West Lake can still be seen in the ten steles erected beside the Top Ten Views of West Lake with his inscriptions on and the old site of his temporary Imperial Palace which faces West Lake and is backed against the Solitary Hill.
To accompany a great coffee, a most enchanting scene is essential. So, for a sip of spring then step into Hangzhou, now in a colorful season enveloped by misty fog, and the perfect place to seek out a cafe or two. The following are a few of our recommendations near to the West Lake Scenic Area.
When you travel to Hangzhou, you can choose an idyllic scenic route adjacent to the West Lake, namely, the Lakeside Park. Lakeside Park lies on the eastern bank of the West Lake in the middle of Hubin Road and the West Lake